Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Program mission statement

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program trains students in the theoretical foundations and clinical skills necessary for advanced positions in the counseling profession. Built on a philosophy of therapeutic service, intellectual hunger, fundamental respect, and a focus on the person of the therapist, the MAC Program strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom. At the same time the Program provides students with opportunities to acquire and increase excellence in the areas of diagnosis, assessment, and therapy, it strives to be personally and professionally transformative, liberating, and enriching.

Program goals, objectives and outcomes

Students are expected to be able to:

Knowledge

  • Gain competence in the areas of clinical theory and technique.
  • Gain competence in the areas of assessment.
  • Gain competence in the areas of diagnosis.

Skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work with abstractions and applications of theory.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to move fluidly between theory and practice.
  • Ethical application of clinical therapy

Dispositions

  • Capacity for compassion and ability to be warm, enthusiastic and nurturing.
  • Acceptance of others, appropriate social skills and excellent "people skills".
  • A tendency toward and desire for personal growth and enrichment.
  • Psychological self-awareness and emotional groundedness.
  • Clarity of purpose and ability to be self-directed and self-motivated.
  • Non-discriminatory and non-ethnocentric attitudes and behavior.
  • Emotional maturity and readiness.
  • Ability to resolve personal issues rather than projecting those issues onto clients, students, or faculty.